1857–1923

Introduction

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Born: Ju­ly 29, 1857, Clare­mont, New Hamp­shire.

Died: Ju­ly 5, 1923, Bei­jing, Chi­na.

Cremated: Bei­jing, Chi­na, and like­ly in­terred there. There is a grave mark­er, a me­mor­i­al, in the Trin­i­ty Church­yard, Hol­der­ness, New Hamp­shire.

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Biography

Lorin was the son of Lor­in At­kins Web­ster and So­phron­ia Pierce, and hus­band of Jen­nie Jo­sephine Ad­ams (mar­ried 1884).

He was ed­u­cat­ed at St. Paul’s School, Con­cord, New Hamp­shire (AB 1880, AM 1883); Berk­e­ley Di­vin­i­ty School, Mid­dle­town, Con­nec­ti­cut (1883); and Trin­i­ty Col­lege, Con­nec­ti­cut (LDH 1908).

He was or­dained dea­con and priest of the Epis­co­pal Church in 1883 and im­me­di­ate­ly be­came mas­ter of Hol­der­ness School, Ply­mouth, New Hamp­shire, serv­ing there for a year, when he be­came rec­tor of St. Mark’s Par­ish at Ash­land.

In 1892, he be­came rec­tor and head­master of Hol­der­ness School. He re­mained in that po­sition un­til 1922 when he re­signed to take up work in Chi­na.

In 1903, Web­ster es­tab­lished Camp Wa­chu­sett for boys at Little Squam Lake in Hol­der­ness, New Hamp­shire (the camp lat­er moved to Lake Hor­ton­ia, Hub­bard­ton, Ver­mont).

He was pre­si­dent of the New Ed­u­ca­tion­al Coun­cil (1908–10); the New Hamp­shire School­mas­ters (1908–09); of the Graf­ton Coun­ty Ag­ri­cul­tur­al Fair As­so­ci­a­tion (1896–1909); the New Hamp­shire Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (1899–1902); mem­ber of the Phi Up­si­lon fra­ter­ni­ty, Phi Be­ta Kap­pa, A.F. & A.M.

In Au­gust 1922, Web­ster and his wife left New Hamp­shire for Beijing. He had ac­cept­ed the pro­fess­or­ship of Eng­lish in the Pek­ing Un­ion Me­di­cal Col­lege, where his son, Dr. Je­rome Web­ster was as­sist­ant sur­geon in the hos­pi­tal con­nect­ed with the col­lege.

Works

Webster pub­lished a book of po­ems, Chips from a Busy Work­shop.

Sources

Music